xXx: State of the Union

Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
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  1. 63
    Theater of the absurd, masquerading as an action thriller.
  2. 38
    One can give Ice Cube props for attitude, but not much more.
  3. 50
    A big, loud, proudly brainless popcorn flick that blows up cars, trucks, tanks, boats, helicopters and even a train.
  4. How bad does it get? How far past the basement can one elevator go?
  5. This is a B movie rooted in gut-level stirrings of power and retaliation.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    There are really only two kinds of big-budget action movies: stupid, and good and stupid. Surprisingly, XXX: State of the Union is good and stupid, which makes it an immediate improvement over 2002's meatheaded "XXX."
  7. Most of the movie is standard action fare, but the political commentary is interesting when it's allowed to surface.
  8. 30
    10 times too much, a nonstop orgy of bullets, bombs, and booty that aims low and hits the bull’s-eye with enough firepower to sink the Bismarck.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    It's even louder and dumber than the first XXX, but if watching things fall down and go boom in a very big way makes you cheer, you're in luck.
  10. The makers of State of the Union subscribe to the Jerry Bruckheimer big-bang theory of action (big, bigger, biggest), but they don't share that maestro's attention to detail, or apparently his deep pockets. The state of this cinematic union is shabby indeed.
  11. Of course the movie's real raison d'etre is watching Ice Cube tear up government facilities and blockades with a tank, spout Schwarzenegger-style kiss-off lines, and commandeer the kind of babes and high-tech cars that James Bond usually plays with.
  12. The special effects excite at first but wear out their welcome.
  13. Opens explosively and never lets up.
  14. Critics are inclined to describe the action in films like "XXX" and Lee Tamahori's sequel, XXX: State of the Union, as "cartoon violence." I'll resist doing that out of respect for cartoons.
  15. The most gratifying thing about xXx: State of the Union is that nobody wastes much time on character, motivation, plausibility, dialogue or sex -- all that slow stuff that drags down ordinary movies.
  16. What isn't scary--or exciting, amusing or fun--is XXX: State of the Union, a movie so preposterous, cliché-packed and over the top that it makes the original "XXX" seem as good as the original "State of the Union."
  17. Has to be one of the most absurd of all big-budget action movies, and that's saying something. It's just a blink away from over-the-top self-parody, and I'm pretty sure it's not trying to be.
  18. 60
    Thankfully, State Of The Union's pulpy, adrenalized blaxploitation spin on the secret-agent genre provides the dumb fun its predecessor should have dished out.
  19. A smooth blend of visual special effects, exceptional stunts, fluid photography, sharp design and a possible best-selling soundtrack.
  20. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    At least this movie seems more aware of its trashiness than "National Treasure" was. It's therefore freer to have some off-the-cuff fun the way Steven Seagal's more tolerable vehicles once did.
  21. So primitive, it must have been written in lizard blood on animal skin.
  22. This is a movie about guns blazing, men punching, speedometers straining and explosions exploding. On all those levels, it succeeds just fine - which makes for a great amusement-park ride, but perhaps not much of a movie.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    You'd half expect the Xbox logo to pop up on the credit roll for XXX: State of the Union, since what's on view is closer to a videogame than a movie. While that will be music to the ears of young gamers, it's noise to anyone hoping for a coherent action movie.
  24. 50
    Basically the first movie all over again, with plenty more of the bridge-jumping, rocket-launching action that audiences loved about the original.
  25. 70
    What's fun is that the road to that climactic Capitol showdown is paved with one ridiculous and relentlessly edited set piece after another.
  26. Hilariously, gut-bustingly, mind-blowingly, jaw-droppingly stupid.
  27. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    40
    Thankfully, there's the relatively-charismatic and cheeky Ice Cube hogging the lens.
  28. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    50
    Director Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) has a shruggingly action-intensive style, which feels at once heavy-handed and lazy.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    40
    The winking title X Cubed somehow eluded the makers of this sequel, along with plot coherency, character development, or clever explosions of genre convention.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 175 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 40
  2. Negative: 19 out of 40
  1. Sam
    May 6, 2006
    7
    The whole movie defines perfect summer entertainment. Too bad it came out in April.
  2. May 22, 2015
    3
    It is one of the worst movies seen with me. Ice Cube is a very good actor for meIt is one of the worst movies seen with me. Ice Cube is a very good actor for me . Full Review »
  3. Jan 21, 2015
    6
    This is really good action schlock. If you like The Fast And The Furious and movies like that, this is for you. They've even got some goodThis is really good action schlock. If you like The Fast And The Furious and movies like that, this is for you. They've even got some good jokes mixed in, which is a bit of a rarity for movies like this. Full Review »